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Mute Eloquence: Elizabeth Jolley's The Well as Encrypted Melodrama

Rooney, Monique


Drawing on Derrida’s reading of the crypt as both secret place and no place (Fors, 1986), and on Catherine Malabou’s work on the plasticity of form, this essay argues that buried in Elizabeth Jolley’s The Well (1986) is a Pygmalion-esque melodrama about animated stones and the turning to stone of the animated. This essay shows how the novel’s juxtapositions of song and speech place it in a musical-dramatic tradition that, reaching back to antiquity, has crossed spatio-temporal borders and...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2015
Type: Journal article
Source: Association for the Study of Australian Literature Journal


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